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Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Hey, Wait a Minute
Imagine how the [Schiavo] poll results might have turned out if ABC News had informed participants that in a sworn affidavit, registered nurse Carla Sauer Iyer, who worked at the Palm Garden of Largo Convalescent Center in Largo, Fla., while Terri Schiavo was a patient there, testified: "Throughout my time at Palm Gardens, Michael Schiavo was focused on Terri's death. Michael would say 'When is she going to die?' 'Has she died yet?' and 'When is that b---h gonna die?'"
Note how Malkin uses dashes to obscure the word "bitch." The problem is that while Malkin is shielding readers from a vulgarism, she is also shielding them from the fact that the presiding judge declared her affidavit (along with the affidavit from another nurse) were "incredible to say the least" and "noted in a September 17, 2003, order that not even Terri Schiavo's parents sought her testimony in the case." Which is worse: the word "bitch" or possibly slanderous allegations against Micahel Schiavo?
Ironically, the title of Malkin's column is "Media distortions run rampant." If anything, if there are significant media distortions regarding the Schiavo case, Fox News (Malkin is a Fox News analyst) is leading the way.
Note: I apologize for breaking my promise to keep this blog Schiavo-free.